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If you’re anything like me, then you know the best part about the holidays is the desserts. And thanksgiving is a special holiday centered around gratitude and food, which makes for the perfect duo! I’m sharing with y’all my favorite holiday desert that is both simple and delicious: My dad’s apple pie! It’s almost impossible to mess up and a family favorite, so get ready to impress those hard-to-please relatives with this fabulously easy recipe!
The apples are the most essential part here, so don’t stray from those green Granny Smiths! These apples are best because they’re tart and crisp which is needed to bring out the sweet flavors and keep the apple-like shape. If you find those largely mutated ones just use a couple, but for the smaller ones you’ll probably need at least half a bag!
What you’ll need:
- 1 ready-made pie crust box
- 4 large granny smith apples or 7 small ones
- 1/4 to 1/2 cup of sugar
- 1/2 cup of brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
- Dash of ground nutmeg
- 2 tbsp. butter or margarine
- 1 egg, beaten, for brushing the crust.
For the crust I like to stick to the traditional Pillsbury ready-to-bake pie crust. Making a crust by hand can be challenging and if you don’t want to take an extra risk, stick to the yummy prepackaged crust. To give it that extra pinteresty look just cut it into long strips and place them in whatever design you’d like. However, if you do want to make your own crust, I’ve attached some recipes from other bloggers on how-to!
Julie has a fool proof crust recipe on her blog Bunsen Burner Bakery you can check out here!
And Susan has an easy as pie, pie crust recipe that looks fast and easy to follow you can check out here!
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees
- Peel and core apples, then slice into wedges
- Combine sugars, cinnamon, and nutmeg
- Roll out one of the pie crusts and fit into pan
- Combine apple slices with 3/4 of the mixture
- Place half the apples in pie. Dot with some of the butter. Then top with remaining apples and sprinkle the rest of the sugar on top. Dot with the rest of butter
- Roll out the remaining pastry. Cut into strips and lattice top of pie.
- Brush dough with beaten egg.
- Bake at 375 degrees for 40 to 50 minutes or until apples are soft and dough is lightly brown.
Pair with vanilla ice cream or whip cream and enjoy, just be careful or you might eat the whole pie!
Let me know what you think of this recipe and if you’d like to see more recipes on the blog!